Study of Matthew 20:17–34 ~ My answers to BSF study questions
8. a. Jesus told the disciples that when they arrived in Jerusalem, the following things would happen to Him:
- Turned over to the chief priests and teachers of the law
- He will be condemned to death.
- He will be handed over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged and crucified.
- Three days later, He will be raised to life.
b. James and John asked Jesus to grant their request even before they told Him what it was. Jesus displayed wisdom by simply asking, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (NASB)
The brothers readily agreed to drink the cup Jesus was going to drink. They thought the greatness they desired would be ruling alongside Jesus in an earthly kingdom.
c. Jesus humbly deferred the decision about who would sit on His right and His left—to His Father.
Then He said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (NASB)
9. a. In Isaiah 51:17, God’s cup contains wrath. Psalm 75:7-8 refers to judgment. The dregs are the impurities that settle to the bottom of the wine. The wicked get the worst of it.
b. In Matthew 26:9, Jesus prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” God poured out on Jesus’ the judgment and wrath of God toward evil and sin plus its death penalty—all forms of sickness, disease, and possession by evil spirits. Jesus paid the price for all mankind—past, present and future.
c. James and John said they were willing to drink the cup, and Jesus took them at their word. King Herod had James put to death.
“Tradition has it that John was exiled to Patmos after they had tried to boil him in oil and he didn’t die. After Domitian died, John returned to Ephesus, where he died a natural death around 100 years of age.
John was exiled because of the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 19:10 says that is the spirit of prophecy.” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
d. The cup Jesus offers is His blood representing the New Covenant. “
“The principle of the Old Covenant was “do” and we shall live (Romans 10:5). The principle of the New Covenant is “it is done” (Romans 10:6-9), and that includes redemption, reconciliation, righteousness, and sanctification. The work is finished! We are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10)!” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
10. Truths to apply from the story of the two blind men:
- Recognize Jesus is there.
- Cry out for mercy.
- Ignore those who rebuke me for doing so.
- Tell Jesus what I want Him to do for me.
- Expect compassion and a miracle.
- Follow Him.